Cockney Rebel - In live and on radio (1974)
I reup this post with another version of the recordings, enhanced, and with a missing track from the live set at the Hippodrome for the BBC, "Hideaway". They are from the new 4 CD boxset released some weeks ago. Much more on this boxset, I encourage everybody to buy it, it's cheap and features the B-sides from the band's singles and, most of all, the Human Menagerie demo (I think I will post here since it fits well with the philosophy of this blog). Of course, this is a gem and I can't feel anything but sad that Steve Harley disbanded so quickly this Cockney Rebel's first incarnation. What a special thing this band was, it's incredible. Enjoy it here.
Bloody hell, the devil knows I've loved this band in 1974. I was 16 (it's the best age for loving music I think) and I discovered the band with "Mr Soft" (on Tops of the Pops) while in England. But at this time, the great line-up was over and I always thought it was one of the greatest loss in rock history to have disbanded this 5 boys band who invented such a novative way of doing something of this old suit that was rock. I always considered Cockney Rebel to be better than Roxy, Bowie, Mott or Sparks. But it was only a flash in the pan. Here the rare documents of them playing tracks from their 2 1st albums outside of a studio. Actually, the second recording was made in a studio, but the one used by John Peel for his Peel Sessions. The songs played are 5 from Psychomodo (one of my 5 best albums of all time) and it's a tremendous feeling to hear them played by their creators and not by the mercenary band that would back Steve Harley the year later. The 4 1st tracks are from a concert (which one, I dunno) recorded by the BBC. The versions of "Sebastian" and "Death Trip" (in streaming below) are totally devastating and make me shivering each time I listened to them. Was there better lyrics in rock history than the ones in "Death Trip"? I don't think so. Each line is written in my own cortex for the rest of my life. And "Can you think of one good reason to remain" will surely be my last thought before I die. Why the rest of the concert has never been released, it's a mystery (and a shame)? These recordings were issued some years ago on an album called Live at the BBC, but with a bad order, and coupled with recordings done in the nineties by Steve Harley, and I really hate that. So here are they in their owns, with a (virtual) side for each. It is totally delicious, a must-hear.
So now we're on a death trip listen to the blood drip oozing from a curled lip ever thought of dying slowly ever thought of dying totally unholy someone's trying to fool us maybe it's their daughters can you hear the Walrus offering a sad solution he's calling out for teenage revolution and "Can you think of one good reason to remain?" to you, afficianados fooling with bravado to keep me on my guard-o and cause a consciousness explosion it's getting difficult to keep my mind in motion images of sunshine lease to make the words rhyme let me die in eight time let me write a tale to no-one let me write a tale to make you think you're someone and "Can you think of one good reason to remain?" We'll grow Sweet Ipomoea to make us feel much freer then take a pinch of Schemeland and turn it into Dreamland "softly, Lautrec," she whispered in awe, "build me a picture of children at war"